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The Great Convocation of 1427  by Dreamflower 12 Review(s)
harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/29/2007
This is a delight Dreamflower. I was so sad at the slow demise of the Baggins family but it is a good solution.

Author Reply: Well, I'd been sad about it myself for a while. But it was established in my Shire, and truth is, I really think it was intentional on JRRT's part, though there's no absolute proof of that.

But thinking about how hobbits did things, I thought that might be a rather hobbity solution to the problem--the old names and old families would be very important, and it wasn't a lack of Baggins' *blood* but a lack of males to carry the name--so it seemed logical to me.

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/29/2007
I just love these sorts of behind-the-scenes glimpses into Shire tradition and culture. This fits nicely with the culture JRRT created and expounded on in his Letters.

D'y'know, the first few times I attempted to read LOTR I was stymied by all that slow, "boring" material at the start of the book. It was only after I skipped "About Hobbits" and all that other introductory stuff (the Party, Gandalf's visit and long discussion of past events... yawn...) and got into the action (that first glimpse of a Black Rider at the gate, *shiver*) ...oh, and Weathertop, *that's* when I was well and truly hooked.

But then, when I started writing fanfic, I found I needed to know more about background. I finally read, rather than quickly skimming, all those chapters, and as the Shire grew in my imagination I found fascination replacing tedium.

Can't tell you how many times I've combed those sections for every nuance and hint, in addition to re-reading the whole.

Nice to know I'm not alone in my fascination with Shirefolk.

Author Reply: Thank you! I really do try to use what we have in canon to extrapolate the traditions and customs I've made up for "my" Shire--I'm glad you think my suppositions fit well with what we've already been given in canon.

Perhaps it's because I began LotR *immediately* after finishing The Hobbit, but I have *always* enjoyed the Prologue and opening chapters, and was actually rather sad when we left the Shire behind. But I was quite enthralled with Bilbo, and wanted more of the same. I got that, though, and much more besides LOL!

I do the same, sifting through every word to see what else I can find to give me more hints about our hobbits!

Absolutely you are not alone!

Hobbits! *sigh* Aren't they lovely?

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